'''Claiborne de Borda Pell''' (November 22, 1918 – January 1, 2009) was a U.S. Senator
from Rhode Island
, serving six terms from 1961 to 1997, and was best known as the sponsor of the Pell Grant
, which provides student financial aid in the United States|financial aid
funding to American college students. A member of the Democratic Party (United States)|Democratic Party
, he was Rhode Island's longest serving senator.